Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 10, 2012
Ralph Dority is fed up with what‘s happening in Congress. But he has relished the opportunity to send his representatives a simple A-through-F letter grade through GradeGov.com -- a free online service that lets the voices of citizens be heard in Washington.
“Congress was established to represent `We the people’ but that’s not happening,” said Dority, who lives in Sterling, Va. and uses the service nearly every day to grade members of Congress. “GradeGov.com makes democracy easy by delivering my report cards directly to congressional offices. At least I get a chance to express myself and vent.”
Citizens will have more opportunities to be heard, and not just in Washington, with the announcement that GradeGov.com plans to expand its service through the sale of state franchises.
“My goal is that when people think of GradeGov.com they think of grading government nationally and locally, and not in a partisan way,” said GradeGov.com founder Elizabeth Letchworth, who has overseen the delivery of more than 150,000 report cards to members of Congress. “It’s so hard to break through the noise to remind our elected officials who they work for. I want it to be simple and easy, not only in Congress, but in statehouses across the country.”
People interested in buying a state franchise can get more information at http://gradegov.com/franchises.php. They can also call 877-472-3395.
The beauty of GradeGov.com is its simplicity. After creating an account, users pick the representative they wish to grade, choose an A-F letter grade and follow the grade up with an optional message. Letchworth, who worked 26 years in the U.S. Senate, makes certain the report cards are sent to the appropriate person in each respective office.
“GradeGov.com has become a valuable tool for me to use to connect with and hear from my constituents,” said Congressman Bill Posey of Florida.
The report cards are getting noticed, especially when the average letter grades for each member of Congress are posted on the GradeGov.com website. There is nothing like a published "F" grade from constituents to get the attention of a public official.
What Dority likes is that GradeGov.com lets him speak directly on his own terms, with no filters. There is no wondering if his letter to the editor will get published, no waiting to be called on at a choreographed town hall meeting.
“As soon as I realized what this was I jumped into it with two feet,” said Dority. “To have the capability to reach these congressmen and senators so easily is great. To be able to do that with my state representatives will be even better.”